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The first in depth exploration of the artistic and cultural achievements of Chinas classical eraAge of Empires presents the art and culture of China during one of the most critical periods of its history the four centuries from 221 B.C to A.D 200 when, for the first time, people of diverse backgrounds were brought together under centralized imperial rule that fostered a new and unified identity The Qin and Han empires represent the classical era of Chinese civilization, coinciding in both importance and timing with the Greco Roman period in the West Under the short lived Qin and centuries long Han, warring principalities were united under a common emperor, creating not only political and intellectual institutions but also the foundation for a Chinese art, culture, and national identity that lasted over two millennia Over 150 works from across the full breadth of Chinese artistic and decorative media including ceramics, metalwork, textiles, armor, sculpture, and jewelry are featured in this book and attest to the unprecedented role of art in ancient Chinese culture These stunning objects, among them soldiers from the renowned terracotta army of Qin Shihuang, Chinas first emperor, are drawn from institutions and collections in China and appear here together for the first time Essays by leading scholars, accompanied by dazzling new photography of the objects, address the sweeping societal changes underway, and trace a progression from the early, formative years through unprecedented sophistication and technical accomplishmentembodied in an artistic legacy that reverberates in Chinas national identity to this day....

Title : Age of Empires: Art of the Qin and Han Dynasties
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ISBN : 1588396177
Format Type : Hardcover
Language : English
Publisher : Metropolitan Museum of Art April 24, 2017
Number of Pages : 268 pages
File Size : 672 KB
Status : Available For Download
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Age of Empires: Art of the Qin and Han Dynasties Reviews

  • Reader in Upstate NY
    2019-02-02 20:59

    The photography and printing were very good, and the text was informative. After having just completed my reading of an extraordinary book on China (China: People, Place, Culture, History), it was not quite as exciting and didn’t have the breathtakingly beautiful photographs of landscapes and people. However, that was not this book’s purpose. I do believe my time was well spent in reading this book and would recommend it to anyone interested in Asian art and history.

  • Juan B. Mansfield
    2019-02-09 01:05

    Beautiful content. All people that have had the chance to see the exhibition in New York should consider having this book. The content serves as a reminder of what you have seen plus goes beyond opening more your interest in this rich and ancient culture.

  • K. Lipio
    2019-02-14 01:14

    After having seen the Exhibit, it was only the natural thing to follow it up with a book so you can remember how wonderful the exhibit was and facts about the interesting history of China.

  • Amazon Customer
    2019-02-12 01:56

    This exhibition is stunning. The catalogue is beautifully presented. There is so much information in it and, of course, the photography is of the highest quality.

  • Paul Harmon
    2019-01-24 19:04

    Nice photos of Han artifacts, but I was hopeing for more history and description of Han culture. If Han is the Chinese Rome, you'd think there would be a lot more to say about growth and organization of the empire.

  • Amazon Customer
    2019-02-18 03:04

    This is the best hard-cover book of the time period covered. These are amazing. Please, if you have the opportunity - go see this in person!! It was overwhelming to see the small amount of work that had been uncovered when I was there many years ago. This is even more amazing. Thank you for capturing these images for the world that cannot travel to see them in person.

  • Amazon Customer
    2019-02-05 23:02

    This book is printed in Europe, not US! The quality is unexpectedly good!

  • Donald M. Bachman MD
    2019-02-05 19:51

    The exhibit was beyond spectacular. The book provides a rich supplement.